Yesterday I spent a little bit of my day importing posts from my old blog on my website to this blog. Why, though? Why does it matter?
I think it matters because I have been writing a blog for a while. It was just hosted on my webpage, which serves more as a portfolio than a true blogging medium. It was not the centerpiece, but buried in a link. A prominent link, but a link all the same. I have all of these ideas that I have been sitting on, almost hiding, for some time now, and now they are finally out in the world for more to see. They are no longer kind of hidden thoughts, but prominently out there. I even changed over my twitter webpage link to this one!
I think once I’m truly in a place I want to be professionally, I will combine the two, make the blog the more prominent. The portfolio information will be there, but not play as important of a role. I won’t need to highlight things like my education and projects so much as show off what I have been doing in my library through my blog, which I am starting to do now.
What do you think? Am I being a bit redundant? Should I combine things now and forget it? Or is it smart to focus more on the blogging and leave the portfolio be?
This week I introduced my son to Prodigy game. This is gamification math game at its best. Let me just say, he is hooked! To me, Prodigy game feels like a mix between Pokemon (with spells, animals, etc.) and almost a Zelda-feel (I’m aging myself with this…). I was actually first introduced to this at the Midwest Educators Technology Conference (METC) this past February. I thought it was cool, but then my focus went somewhere else. Then, we brought it to my school. I have seen so many of my students, who would usually go to ABCYA.com or other miscellaneous websites, now head straight for this game. And the final straw was my tech academy instructor showing me it. I fell in love.
So, I figured that was my cue to bring it to my son. From first glance, it was love. He loves powering up his animals, he is already on level 30 in one week, and he’s practicing math skills that he needs!
There are a lot of pros to this website. First, it’s free. As in seriously free! You cannot go wrong there! You don’t have any diminished services because it is free. To me, that is a great way to do business, since their revenue comes from parents buying the memberships.
For the teacher, there are a lot of back-end data that you get on students. This is invaluable for the teacher! I personally like the student progress and curriculum reports. That to me tells me a lot about what my son knows and what he still needs to work on.
Student progress of place values
The only con I can come up with is that kids will want to play this all the time! It has almost surpassed Minecraft in my house. Almost.
Screenshots from www.prodigygame.com.